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New Album Releases: Metheny, Bowie, Magnetic Fields, & Corinne Bailey Rae

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January is usually a pretty brutal month for new releases and this year has been no exception, but this week is where we start to turn it around.  We have interesting and compelling releases from interesting and compelling artists.  This week, we have albums worth buying.  This week, we have albums worth discussing and some of BC's best have already started writing about them.

First up, let's talk Pat Metheny's Orchestrion.  I'm surprised to be starting with Metheny, myself, as I own not one note of his music.  I'm bringing this up because we have some devoted jazz heads and because Mr. Mark Saleski, one of our most prolific writers, is a devoted Metheny fan.  He's heard the record.  He's happy.  How happy?  His review is up and you can learn all about it.  He's even halfway convinced this record might be accessible enough for me to make a run at it.  It may just happen.

How about Corinne Bailey Rae's new record, The Sea?  Rae made a name for herself with her debut a few years back and she's getting high praise for this latest effort.  Among those heaping the hosannahs?  Our own Kit O'Toole.

We've also got a new record from The Magnetic Fields.  I'm a casual admirer of TMF.  It's not as brilliant as some would lead you to believe, but the intelligent, literate lyrics and the lo-fi productions make for interesting and occasionally wonderful songcraft.

Last but certainly not least, we have an archival release of sorts from the legendary David Bowie.  A 2-CD soundtrack of sorts is being released of Bowie's Reality Tour DVD.  The DVD came out a few years ago at the end of Bowie's last full-scale tour, promoting the Reality album.  I have the DVD and it makes me happy.  It was a very good show.  The record?  It had its moments.  Bowie chose wisely which songs from that record to present among his illustrious catalog.  I'm having one of these.  Iguana Glen Boyd has reviewed it and he agrees with me: you need this.

There are many other worthy titles in this week's list, so take a look.

Beach House
Teen Dream

Charlotte Gainsbourg
IRM

Patty Griffin
Downtown Church

Lady Antebellum
Need You Now

The Magnetic Fields
Realism

Pat Metheny
Orchestrion

Animal Collective
Campfire Songs

Arj Barker
LYAO

Eric Bibb
Booker's Guitar

Blue Rodeo
The Things We Left Behind

David Bowie
A Reality Tour

Basia Bulat
Heart of My Own

Buraka Som Sistema
Fabriclive.49

Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring

Citay
Dream Get Together

Clipd Beaks
To Realize

Andrew Cyr
Avner Dorman: Concertos

DMX
Best of DMX

The Durutti Column
Paean To Wilson

Enigma
Platinum Collection

Joe Firstman
El Porto

Fozzy
Chasing the Grail

Fucked Up
Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009

Gigi
Maintenant

Vince Gill
Love Songs

Good Shoes
No Hope, No Future

Great Buildings
Extra Epic Everything

The Guess Who
Wheatfield Soul/Share the Land/Canned Wheat

Thomas Hampson
Michael Daugherty: Letters From Lincoln

Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk

Four Tet
There Is Love in You

Home
Seventeen

Yuka Honda
Heart Chamber Phantoms

I See Hawks in L.A.
The Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009

Ihsahn
After [Bonus DVD] [Deluxe Edition]

Joan of Arc Presents:

Don't Mind Control

Lonnie Johnson
A Life in Music Selected Sides 1925-1953

Mayuko Kamio
Paganini: 24 Caprices

Kidz Bop Kids
Kidz Bop 17

Steve Kilbey/Martin Kennedy
Unseen Music Unheard Words

Leæther Strip
Yes I'm Limited V

Bei Bei/Shawn Lee
Into the Wind

Little Esther
The Early Hits 1949-54

Joe Locke
For the Love of You

Locksley
Be in Love

Major Stars
Return to Form

Barry Manilow
The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Dean Martin
Essential Love Songs

Chicago Underground Duo
Boca Negra

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 12

Merzbow
13 Japanese Birds, Vol. 13

Moon Mullican
Ill Sail My Ship Alone/Mr Honky Tonk Man

My Brightest Diamond
Shark Remixes Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Death Threat

Youssou N'Dour
I Bring What I Love

Never Shout Never
What Is Love?

Scout Niblett
The Calcination of Scout Niblett

Number One Gun
To the Secrets & Knowledge

William Orbit
Odyssey

Alice Sara Ott
Chopin: Complete Waltzes

Steffen Schleiermacher
Morton Feldman: The Late Piano Works, Vol. 3

Jeremy Pelt
Men of Honor

Pit Er Pat
The Flexible Entertainer

Corinne Bailey Rae
The Sea

The Red Krayola/Art & Language
Five American Portraits

Retribution Gospel Choir
2

David Sanborn
Only Everything

Neil Sedaka
The Music of My Life

Matthew Shipp
4D

Frank Sinatra
Strangers in the Night

Soul Children
Finders Keepers/Where Is Your Woman Tonight

Soweto Gospel Choir
Grace

Taking Dawn
Time to Burn

George Tipton
Nilsson by Tipton

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  • http://everythingisamess.wordpress.com Tom Johnson

    This is a great week of music, and you highlighted exactly the three albums I’m excited about.

    Orchestrion is fascinating in concept (check out the EPK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VymAn8QJNQ,) and I’m excited to see it live in a few months. No idea how this works live but it should be pretty cool. The music sounds pretty typically Metheny to me, but I’ve only heard snippets so far.

    I’ll disagree about Bowie’s Reality “having it’s moments.” I think it’s one of his strongest from start to finish and apparently so did he – seek out the version of the album with a DVD wherein he plays Reality from start to finish (the cover is silver, and the album performance is incredible.) If Reality is sadly his final album, he went out on a high. Can’t wait to hear the full concert set.

    And count me among those “heaping hosannas” upon Corinne Bailey Rae. She is the real deal, and the new album is pretty great.

  • Josh Hathaway

    It’s not that I don’t love some of the moments on Reality, I do. I don’t think it’s a consistently great listen, though. I’ve got the Bowie box with the second disc. There are some great moments on that record.

    I went in search of the Metheny on my lunch. It’s not in stock nearby so I’ll have to order it. Saleski had the EPK on his review and it looks and sounds very interesting.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    no Metheny in stock at satan’s best buy? dang.

  • Josh Hathaway

    I knew it was a long shot. Not the first copy. Cocksuckers.

  • http://everythingisamess.wordpress.com Tom Johnson

    By the way, as usual, Itunes gets the last laugh on the Bowie set – “5:15 The Angels Have Gone” and “Days” are solely included on their version, but luckily can be purchased by themselves.